A ceremony for Joseph Rocco, will begin at 10 a.m. at Field 7, on Saturday at Heckscher State Park in East Islip for a tribute to the man we called the Mayor of Heckscher. This beach will be referred to as “Joe’s Beach” from now on.

Joe died Windsurfing in a tragic accident last Sunday. Our hearts go out to his family and soul mate, Marianne Rantala.

In his 30 years as a fixture in the Long Island Windsurfing community, Joe did more for the sport, and taught more people to Windsurf than anyone I am aware of.

Joe; we know you are carving sweet jibes on your 4.7 while you wait for us.